Thursday, May 12, 2016

Vogue 8553 - Possibly my new favorite dress pattern

This could possibly be my new favorite dress pattern.  This is Very Easy Vogue 8553.

This dress was made out of a retro looking knit fabric purchased at the Sewing Garage Sale last year. The fabric was crying out to be made up and this pattern fits it perfectly.

The pattern has pleats in the front and the back skirt pieces along with a gathered section on the bodice back that is very comfortable.

The front bodice has two pieces that create the V in the front.  I found the V to be a bit low so I ended up hand stitching about 1.25 inches of it closed after construction and it works much better now.

I opted to use bias tape to finish off the armhole edges rather than just turning down twice as the pattern recommends.

Back view again.  Isn't it cute!!

And I'm happy to say that I recently purchased a coverstitch machine and it is fabulous!!  Just look at that perfect hem with 3 rows of stitching on the outside - all sewn in one pass!!

This counts as a stashbustin' garment too and my yardage numbers are racking up quickly for this year!!
Total yardage for this dress = 2.875
Total stashbustin' yardage sewn YTD = 44.875

Just a quick post today.  Happy sewing everyone!


  1. That REALLY IS a cute dress! I probably wouldn't have noticed that pattern until now. May have to get that one.

  2. Love your version of this dress. Made me take a double look at this pattern. You look lovely, Great job!

  3. That is a great dress! It's a terrifically cute pattern. I'll look out for it. I love the contrast one too.

    1. Thanks Summer Flies! It really is a great pattern. I think it may now be out of print though but I'm not sure.

  4. Im a huge fan of back detail and this really is lovely! Congrats on the new coverstitch! Which did you get?

    1. Thanks Dawn! I got a Janome 1000cpx. Love it so far!